Some Pretentious Asshole's Best Of 2018 List

2018 was an awesome year for underground music.  This year I decided to resume my year end favorite top 20 albums that were released for 2018.  There's no particular order in which albums I like the best. But anyway, thanks for reading and keep on supporting the The Pulpit.  I really appreciate the amount of feedback from you all!

                                               Idles-Joy As An Act Of Resistance LP

                                                   Brainoil-Singularity To Extinction 

                                                     Cult Leader-A Patient Man LP

                                            Daughters-You Won't Get What You Want LP

                                                 Erosion-Maximum Suffering LP

                                                         Gouge Away-Burnt Sugar LP

                                                         Drug Church-Cheer LP 

                                                            Null-Act Of Love LP

                                                          Slow Crush-Aurora LP

                                                     Baptists-Beacon Of Faith LP 

                                                          Shook Ones-Body Feel LP

                                            Tongue Party-Looking For A Painful Death LP

                                                            Soul Grip-Not Ever LP

                                                        Blue Youth-Dead Forever LP

                                                               Thou-Magus LP 

                                                       Candy-Good To Feel LP 


                                                           Throat-Bareback LP

                                                        Bummer-Holy Terror LP

                                                          Super Unison-Stella LP

                                                  Jesus Piece-Only Self LP (2018)

ADAM'S BEST OF 2018

Hey everyone, sorry for my lack of visibility lately on the blog, lots of real world interference unfortunately. But I at least wanted to post my year end list. I'm never really great with informative, poignant reviews so here are the releases that I found myself listening to the most when I wasn't  listening to Synthwave or Mumble Rap about drugs and murder. And, while this list is in chronological order, I can tell you right now that I listened the SHIT out of Big Bite, Hundreds Of Au, Wayste and most recently, Funeral Chic.

I hope that everyone had a good year. The content on this blog EXPLODED in 2018 thanks to insanely consistent blog posts and the amazing chat community, So I thank everyone for that. Enjoy!

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And a special Synthwave mention for AWITW (A Walk In The Woods). This guy is insanely prolific and everything he does is crisp, beautiful & flawless. There were 16 releases just in 2018 alone from AWITW!

JERM'S TOP WHATEVER OF WHATEVER

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1. Warrel Dane "Shadow Work"

in my 25+ years of worshipping at the altar of music, few musicians' death have really effected me the way this one did.

kurt cobain, 1994.-i was 15. didn't really know what to do with it. i loved nirvana. couldn't really grasp the concept of suicide in the prime of your life. or suicide period. seemed like such a waste. i hated nirvana for a long time after that.

layne staley 2002- god such a waste. a talent unmatched in heavy music. many have tried to imitate the pain and purity in his voice. all have failed. "nutshell" is my lone request for my funeral.

johnny cash 2003- if there ever was one human who id have given anything to meet, it would have been him.

peter steele 2010- he just seemed bigger than life. in both size and personality. the others on this list you could almost see coming. not this one.

warrel dane 2017- dammit this one still hurts. i remember hearing he was working on a new album last year and i couldnt wait. then...the end. i didn't listen to anyone other than nevermore for days afterward. i honestly wished that this would never come out after he died. i just had this ridiculous fear that theyd do it anyway and rush out an unfinished album that never would have lived up to his standards. and thank god, satan, buddha, whoever, i have never been so happy to be more wrong. "shadow work" far beyond exceeded my expectations. this album could, for the most part, fit right between "enemies of reality" and "this godless endeavor" nevermore. he knew what he was doing when he put this group of brazilian musicians together. i cant imagine a better swansong to such an amazing voice. 

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2. Thou "Rhea Sylvia"

they finally delivered the grunge. believe me i have no real complaints about thou's career, but it just seemed like this was the album always promised and never fully delivered. until now.

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3. Alice In Chains "Rainier Fog"

there are those out there, and they're morons, that would say alice in chains died with layne staley. layne staley may have have been the magnificent voice, who as stated above, i fucking loved, but jerry cantrell was the brains. attention all bands out there who want to continue after the loss of a key member, alice in chains are 3 albums deep into showing you how to do it.

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4. Baptists "Beacon of Faith"

fuck you canada. why you always gotta be so good at everything.  and then you're too nice to get mad at you for it. you gave us cursed and now baptists. im starting to think you're just showing off. bunch of french fry and gravy eatin' motherfuckers.

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5. Erosion "Maximum Suffering"

so if canada wasn't showing off enough with baptists new album, they had to to take 3 of the members of baptists and put them on different instruments and add the good vocalist from 3 inches of blood and make a d-beat masterpiece. goddammit. fuck america's hat.

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6. Thou "Magus"

i love this band. for a band to put out this much material in such a relatively short career is just insane. it would take bands like tool or system of a down 300 years to put out this much music. and its not just quantity with thou. it's quality. i don't know how they do it.

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7. The Secret "Lux Tenebris"

the only thing keeping this from being #2 on this list is length. 3 songs. it's been 6 years since we've gotten anything new from this amazing bunch of italians. i should be happy with these 3 songs considering that towards the end of last year i thought they were done, but 3 songs from them is never enough.

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8. Wolf King "Loyal to the Soil"

the whole blackened hardcore thing has been done but rarely done this well. i was already a fan before this album but this...this shit right here...well, damn. they took that blackened hardcore and managed to turn it on it's head. constant twists and turns that always keep it it interesting. it's the little things they do that really push this to a whole new level. it'll be awhile till this is topped for this genre.


9. Descent "Towers of Grandiosity"

i have always been and always will be a sucker for that damn boss hm2 pedal. i fell in love with that sound the 1st time i heard entombed 27 years ago. this is one of the best examples of it in top form in a long time. not to mention the fantastic mix of hardcore, grind, death, and a little punk. these aussies have some excellent songwriting chops and i hope theyre around for a long time.


10. Wolvhammer "The Monuments of Ash & Bone"

with the loss of coffinworm, it pretty much leaves wolvhammer alone atop the blackened sludge mountain. this album more than proves why they were there in the first place.


11. Gaerea "Unsettling Whispers"

i spent far less time with black metal albums this year than i have in years past. except this one. i always found my way back to it. powerful and perfectly executed.


12. High On Fire "Electric Messiah"

high on fire is pretty much ol' reliable at this point. matt pike has long been solidified as a riff god. no matter how many toes he has.


13. Churchburn "None Shall Live...The Hymns Of Misery" 

the hymns of misery. rarely is an album titled so appropriately. and also this is, by far, my favrorite album art from this year.


14. Heads For The Dead "Serpent's Curse"

another transcending obscurity release. they are killing it right now. crusty, doomy death metal from one of jonny pettersson's 8000 bands and the singer from revel in flesh. i mean c'mon...


15. Bummer "Holy Terror"

even though it eventually fell out of what i sure was gonna be at least my top ten for the year, i still love this album. this is modern grunge done right. heavy as hell and a damn good time. or bad time as it were...


16. Mammoth Grinder "Cosmic Crypt"

"cosmic crypt"  really feel like the payoff of everything mammoth grinder has done up to this point. all the rough edges have  been smoothed down. all the loose ends tied up. fantastic death metal record.


17. Yob "Our Raw Heart"

i'll be honest here, up until a few months ago i'd never really paid much attention to yob. i liked mike scheidts voice as i'd listened to and liked lumbar and vhol, but i'd always passed on yob. not now. i see the error of my ways and i've been redeemed.


18. Fister "No Spirit Within"

this is pure blackened nihilism. rage at a snails pace. as a reds fan, and being that these guys are from st. louis, i can only hope that rage is coming from a place of frustration with the cardinals. fuck the cardinals.


19. Funeral Chic "Superstition"

by far, funeral chic's best output. and their last album made my list in 2016 as well. they added a pure rock n roll element that makes them so much better than they already were. their questionable past aside, young and in the way were great and this strongly resembles early yaitw and funeral chic are better for it.


20. Dead Oath "Demo 2018"

this falls in the same category as the secret's new ep. if it were longer it would have ranked higher. i fucking love these 2 songs. in my post on these guys a little while back, a commenter informed me they had called it quits. i am beyond disappointed with that news.


so there you have it. my list for 2018. this was a magnificent year for music. as i said above i spent a lot less time this year with black metal and hardcore than in previous years and a lot more time in death and doom metal which i thinks reflects in my year end list. there's a few albums, like cult leader, tomb mold, tribulation, pig destroyer, behemoth, will haven, and zeal & ardor that i just didn't spend enough time with. in a lesser year all those would have been included here.

Honorable Mentions

The Coltranes "White Hag"
Feral "Flesh for Funerals Eternal"
1914 "The Blind Leading the Blind"
Down Among the Dead Men "And You Will Obey Me"
Ilsa "Corpse Fortress"
Wrong "Feels Great"
Centuries "The Lights of this Earth are Blinding"
Subtype Zero "The Astral Awakening"
Atrament "Scum Sect"
Secret Cutter "Quantum Eraser"
Joy "No Light Below"
Slaves BC "Lo, and I am Burning"
Yith "Immemorial"
Zeke "Hellbender"
The Lion's Daughter "Future Cult"
Oxygen Destroyer "Bestial Manifestations of Malevolence and Death"
Wombripper " From the Depths of Flesh"
House of Atreus "From the Madness of Ixiom"
Tragedy "Fury"
Scumpulse "Rotten"
Cave Bastard "The Bleak Shall Devour the Earth"


NAG-Nagged To Death LP (2018)

Country: Norway
Genre: Hardcore, Punk, Black Metal, Crust
Label: Frysisk Format
Tracks: 13
Length: 33.30'

NAG is a three piece band from Stavanger, Norway who formed in 2015, from the looks of things.  NAG play a killer style of music that incorporates elements of hardcore, punk black metal, and crust within their sound.  Musically, NAG can be loosely compared to bands such as Cursed, Impalers, ROHT, Society Nurse, Rash, and other like-minded bands.  Since forming in 2015, NAG have released self-titled LP on September of 2016.  Nagged To Death is the band's latest LP, which was released via Frysisk Format records on November 23rd, 2018.  On Nagged To Death, NAG offer up thirteen tracks of vicious and brutal as fuck sounding hardcore, punk, black metal, and crust.  Overall, Nagged To Death makes for an awesome listen and definitely should not be missed.  Highly recommended!  Enjoy!

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Brave Hands-To End All Worth LP (2018)

Country: USA
Genre: Punk, Emo, Indie Rock
Label: Salinas Records
Tracks: 11
Length: 32.0'

Brave Hands is a three piece band from Portland, Oregon who formed in 2013.  Brave Hands play a killer style of punk, emo, and indie rock.  Musically, Brave Hands can be loosely compared to bands such as Hot Water Music, Joyce Manor, Discount, Lemuria, The Ergs, Cayetena, and other like-minded bands.  Since forming in 2013, Brave Hands have released a five song EP titled Surviving This in May of 2013, a self-titled demo in July of 2013, a four song EP titled Standing in February of 2015, a four song EP titled Movement in September of 2016, and a digital single titled Vacation Homes.  To End All Worth is the band's debut LP, which was released via Salinas records on August 10th, of 2018.  On To End All Worth, Brave Hands offer up eleven tracks of catchy and energetic as hell sounding punk, emo, and indie rock.  Overall, To End All Worth makes for an awesome listen and definitely should not be missed.  Highly recommended!  Enjoy!

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NoiSays-S/T LP (2018)

Country: USA
Genre: Post Hardcore, Mathcore, Noise Rock
Label: Dark Trail Records
Tracks: 11
Length: 30.25'

NoiSays is a four piece band from Baltimore, Maryland who formed in 2018.  NoiSays play a killer style of music that incorporates elements of post hardcore, mathcore, and noise rock within their sound.  Musically, NoiSays can be loosely compared to bands such as The Number 12 Looks Like You, Jeromes Dream, Swing Kids, Botch, and other like-minded bands.  This is the band's debut full-length LP, which was released via Dark Trail records on October 17th, 2018.  On their self-titled debut, NoiSays offer up eleven tracks of chaotic, volatile, and unhinged post hardcore, mathcore, and noise rock.  Overall, NoiSays' debut LP makes for an awesome listen and definitely should not be missed.  Highly recommended!  Enjoy!

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(IT) Othismos-Separazione LP (2018)

Country: Italy
Genre: Hardcore, Punk, Black Metal, Crust
Label: Self-Released
Tracks: 8
Length: 25.0'

Othismos is a four piece band from Montepulciano, Italy who formed in late 2009.  Othismos play a killer style of music that incorporates elements of hardcore, punk, black metal, and crust within their sound.  Musically, Othismos can be loosely comapred to bands such as The Secret, All Pigs Must Die, Geranium, Rise And Fall, and other like-minded bands.  Since forming in 2009, Othismos have released a three song EP titled Lena in May of 2013 and a nine song LP titled L'odio Necessario in July of 2015.  Separazione  is the band's latest LP, which was released on December 5th, 2018. On Separazione , Othismos offer up eight tracks of brutal and vicious as fuck sounding hardcore, punk, black metal, and crust.  Overall, Separazione  makes for an awesome listen and definitely should not be missed.  Highly recommended!  Enjoy!

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Politess- Il ne fait pas froid dans l'alphabet EP (2018)

Country: Canada
Genre: Hardcore, Punk, Screamo, Grindcore
Label: Self-Released
Tracks: 6
Length: 13.30'


Politess is a four piece band from Drummondville, Quebec who formed in October of 2012.  Politess play a scathing and unhinged style of music that incorporates elements of hardcore, punk, and grindcore within their sound.  Politess' sound can be said to be described as being influenced by bands on the 31G records roster such as Locust or Retox if those bands were filtered through the hardcore/screamo/grindcore sounds of bands such as Orchid, Graf Orlock, or Jerome's Dream.  These combinations of sound and styles makes for a forward-thinking and difficult to describe style of music.  Since forming in 2012, Politess have released a six song EP titled EP 2012 in October of 2012 and a self-titled LP in May of 2015.  Il ne fait pas froid dans l'alphabet is Politess' latest EP, which was released  on December 3rd, 2018.  On Il ne fait pas froid dans l'alphabet, Politess offer up six tracks of brutal as fuck, scathing, and completely unhinged hardcore, punk, screamo, and grindcore.  Overall, this is a really solid EP that should definitely be given your attention.  Great stuff.  Enjoy!

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Politess-S/T LP (2015)

Dirty Wombs-Accursed To Overcome LP (2018)

Country: Greece
Genre: Hardcore, Punk, Crust, D-Beat
Label: SPHC Records
Tracks: 8
Length: 23.05'

Dirty Wombs is a four piece band from Patras, Greece who formed in 2012.  Dirty Wombs play a killer style of music that incorporates elements of Japanese style hardcore. punk, crust, and d-beat.  Since forming in 2012, Dirty Wombs have released a six song demo titled We Rise in March of 2012, a split with Unfit Earth in October of 2012, a split LP with Gutter in June of 2013, a seven song 12" titled Opposite Flow in October of 2014, a three song EP titled Wrecked Youth in March of 2016, contributed a song to the V/A-"35" benefit compilation in May of 2016, and a compilation of their early EPs and splits titled Blazing Rituals in May of 2017.  Accursed To Overcome is the band's latest LP, which was released via SPHC records on October 1st, 2018.  On Accursed To Overcome, Dirty Wombs offer up eight tracks of killer Japanese influenced hardcore, punk, crust, and d-beat.  Overall, Accursed To Overcome makes for an awesome listen and definitely should not be missed.  Highly recommended!  Enjoy!

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(U.S.) Sunflo'er-No Hell LP (2018)

Country: USA
Genre: Hardcore, Punk, Grindcore, Noisecore

Label: Noise Salvation
Tracks: 10
Length: 27.10'

Sunflo'er is a three piece band from Pottsdam, NY who formed in 2010.  Sunflo'er play a killer style of music that incorporates elements of hardcore, punk, grindcore, and noisecore within their sound.  Musically, Sunflo'er can be loosely compared to bands such as Ink & Dagger, Jesuit, PG. 99, and other like-minded bands.  Since forming in 2010, Sunflo'er have released a nine song LP titled 1963 in June of 2015 and a thirteen song LP titled The Collisions Years in June of 2017.  No Hell is the band's latest full-length LP, which was released via Noise Salvation records on September 28th, 2018.  On No Hell, Sunflo'er offer up ten tracks of off-kilter, chaotic, and unhinged sounding hardcore, punk, grindcore, and noisecore.  Overall, NO Hell makes for an awesome listen and definitely should not be missed.  Great stuff!  Enjoy!

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(U.S.) Baring Teeth-Transitive Savagery LP (2018)

Country: USA
Genre: Death Metal, Doom, Grindcore

Label: Translation Loss
Tracks: 7
Length: 35.30'

Baring Teeth is a three piece band from Dallas, Texas who formed in 2010, from the looks of things.  Baring Teeth play a killer style of music that incorporates elements of technical death metal, doom, and grindcore within their sound.  Musically,Baring Teeth can be loosely compared to bands such as Gorguts, Entombed, Bolt Thrower, Infernal Coil, and other like-minded bands.  Since forming in 2010, Baring Teeth have released an eight song LP titled Atrophy in July of 2011 and an eight song LP titled Ghost Chorus Among Old Ruins in November of 2014.  Transitive Savagery is the band's latest LP, which was released via Translation Loss records on November 16th, 2018.  On Transitive Savagery, Baring Teeth offer up seven tracks of vicious and brutal as fuck sounding technical death metal, doom, and grindcore.  Overall, Transitive Savagery makes for an awesome listen and definitely should not be missed.  Highly recommended!  Enjoy!

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